Alumni Stories

DBMI’s alumni go on to do some amazing things. Here’s just a small a selection of some of the stories coming out of our department.

Chintan Patel

PhD, 2009
After earning his PhD at DBMI, Chintan went on to work at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, conducting research on ontology-reasoning and information extraction. He is currently co-founder and technology lead at TrialX, a startup company working to develop tools that will let patients use their own personal health records to find matching clinical trials. Chintan has worked in the areas of biomedical ontologies, clinical research informatics, and machine learning, and has published more than 35 scientific articles.

Olivia Velez-Benenson

NLM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (non-degree)
After completing several degrees at Columbia University, Olivia was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Biomedical Informatics from 2011-2013, during which she designed and tested a mobile platform for midwives in sub-Saharan Africa. She currently serves as Senior Health Advisor at the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, which is run by the USAID Bureau for Global Health, where her area of interest is in the use of mobile health and informatics for global health.

Li Zhou

PhD, 2006
After receiving her medical degree from Shanghai Medical University in China, Li came to New York and earned her PhD at DBMI. Her focus was on natural language processing in medicine and temporal representation and reasoning. During her time at DBMI, she built a system called TimeText designed to cull medical texts for improved clinical decision support, among other applications. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Miguel Brown

MA, 2009
Miguel Brown was part of the Raul Rabadan lab at DBMI, completed his MA degree in 2009. After leaving DBMI, he became a research assistant in the Rockefeller University laboratory of Thomas Tuschl, one of the scientific pioneers of RNA interference, and he is now in the White Lab at the University of Chicago School of Medicine Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology.

Philip Payne

PhD, 2007
Philip completed his MA and MPhil at DBMI, earning his PhD with honors on research into the development and assessment of advanced information management platforms for large collaborative clinical research programs. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Associate Professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and College of Public Health. He is also Co-Executive Director of the OSU Center for IT Innovation in Healthcare.